Gillian Reynolds has the distinction of being a radio reviewer for national newspapers for more than 50 years. She still believes radio to be ‘a medium of the future not a dusty relic’.

Reynolds’s has held the critic’s post at the Guardian, Daily Telegraph (for 42 years), and the Sunday Times (which poached her at the age of 82). She was also the first programme controller of Radio City in Liverpool, though later confessed that - despite giving Alan Bleasdale his first full-time writing gig - ‘I wasn’t good at it.’ Noting that radio delivers greater audiences to the BBC that its television output, her own career highlight was appearing on Desert Island Discs in 2018, where she chose music by Beethoven and Earth, Wind & Fire, and opted for blended Scotch as her luxury.